Did you ever think that attending church isn't just for you? Maybe it's to encourage the pastor?
We are a part of a wonderful church, good preaching, good ministries, but it really lacks in faithful attendance from about 70% of the congregation. Here's an "insiders" view from two Sundays ago: One pastor spent 8 hours decorating the sanctuary, 4 hours planning worship, 2 hours practicing the music (not including the "special" song for this particular sermon), and that is not even the preparation that the senior pastor did for his message. Out of 85 people that could've shown up, only 37 were in the sanctuary. It was a bit discouraging.
I know that there will always be extenuating circumstances keeping oneself from being in a church service, but it's only an hour and a half long and can mean that difference between being refreshed for a new week, or not.
If someone can't be in a service, it doesn't hurt to let the pastor know that you wished you could be there. The pastor's really want genuine relationships with their congregation. They're not just a "pretty face" (literally!) If you'd really like to bless your pastor, one of the easiest ways is a word of encouragement. Unless, his love language is gifts, than a $2 candy bar with the word of encouragement will be more appreciated. I happen to have inside info that our pastor loves giving gifts (and most people enjoy receiving as they enjoy giving).
Last thing. The senior pastor that my husband is serving with (my hubby is the worship pastor) is the first person whose messages I appreciate more than my dad's. When I told my hubby that I liked Pastor R's sermons, he looked at me rather shocked and said, "that's huge, coming from you." Yeah, I tend to be really critical when it comes to my spiritual needs in a sermon. I have yet to tell Pastor R... maybe I should follow through with my own advice :)!
Anyway, don't know who'll read this, but bless your pastor by showing up. And while you're there, sign up to be a greeter once a month. It'll help keep you regular.